As Steve Nash’s agent Bill Duffy discloses the two-time MVP point guard’s Los Angeles Lakers’ sign-and-deal trade with the Phoenix Suns, 38-year-old Nash has become the latest celebrity athlete to gain media notoriety.
And, as his profile rises, less-known facts about the NBA player who agreed to a three-year $27 million contract with the Lakers had surfaced -- including that he was born in Canada.
Meet Steve Nash, and the 13 celebrities you didn’t know where Canadian.
1. Steve Nash:
After a successful high-school basketball career, Steve Nash earned a Santa Clara University scholarship. In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and Nash was twice named the West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year.
2. Michael Cera:
Best known for his roles in Arrested Development, Superbad, Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Juno, Cera’s won a 2010 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
3. Ryan Reynolds:
Known for playing the role of Michael Bergen on ABC's sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (1998–2001), Reynolds went onto a relatively successful big screen career with films like X-Men Origins, Green Lantern, Just Friends, and The Proposal.
4. Justin Bieber:
OK, by now probably everyone knows the Bieber is from Canada.
5. Ryan Gosling:
An actor and musician, Gosling started his career on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95). However, his big break was in the 2001 movie The Believer. Other famous Gosling films are The Notebook and The Ides of March.
6. Ellen Page:
Page received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her role as the title character in the film Juno. She won back-to-back Austin Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Juno and Hard Candy. One her latest projects is To Rome With Love by Woody Allen.
7. Hayden Christensen:
Internationally known by his portrayal of the young Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Christensen was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role of Sam in Life as a House.
8. Rachel McAdams:
Her first Hollywood movie was the 2002 comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams then found fame in 2004 with starring roles in the teen comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she appeared in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye and the family drama The Family Stone.
9. Carly Rae:
In 2007, she placed third in the fifth season of Canadian Idol, signing shortly after to Fontana and MapleMusic where she released her debut album Tug of War. Three years later, she released a new single, titled "Call Me Maybe," which has been met with delayed success reaching the top of both Billboard and Canadian Hot 100.
He originally became known for playing Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, but in June 2009, Drake signed a recording contract with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment. He released his first album in 2010, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200.
11. Jessica Paré:
She has appeared in the films Stardom (2000), Lost and Delirious (2001), Wicker Park (2004), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), and co-starred in the vampire horror-comedy Suck (2009). But she is best known for playing Megan Draper on the fourth and fifth seasons of the American TV series Mad Men.
12. Jim Carrey:
Carrey has received four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning two. Known for his highly energetic, slapstick performances, he has been described as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood.
13. Kim Catrall:
She is known for her role as Samantha Jones in the HBO series Sex and the City and for her leading roles in the 1980s films Police Academy, Big Trouble in Little China, Mannequin, and Porky's. For her role as Samantha Jones, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 and received four nominations for the role.